Trophy hunting – bad for conservation, bad for welfare


Some of the hundreds of activists demonstrate against canned lion hunting outside a popular lion park near Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 March 2015.

Trophy hunting – bad for conservation, bad for welfare

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist in July 2015 generated a great deal of public concern and debate about the ethics and sustainability of trophy hunting.
Many species are in serious decline. Wild animals face a multitude of threats, including habitat loss, climate change, persecution, and conflict with ever-increasing human populations.
Animals belonging to some of these declining species are also targeted in large numbers by trophy hunters who often pay substant...

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